CSU Faculty Take Fight for a Fair Contract to Trustees

The California State University Trustees were meeting inside, first in closed session to discuss “executive personnel matters” and collective bargaining. Then they met in committee on yet another new policy to give more raises to campus presidents, now from university auxiliaries.

Meantime, 150 faculty from 20 campuses all over California protested outside. The faculty made a strong pitch that the CSU Trustees and management need to adopt policies that put instruction and student services first, and to settle a fair contract with the faculty.

The protest outside the Trustees meeting was held just a week after the California Faculty Association announced a 95% member vote to authorize rolling two-day strikes through the California State University's 23 campuses if bargaining fails to get a settlement. The strike would affect some 400,000 students.

CFA President Lillian Taiz, who was among the rally speakers today, called for CSU management “to get their priorities straight.”

Andy Merrifield, CFA Bargaining Team chair, said the hard work of the faculty this semester, as well as today’s actions, “provide the Bargaining Team the support it needs to work toward a fair contract at the table.”

Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, said fair contracts for university faculty affect every campus community’s capacity to deliver quality education to students.

Leaders of other unions spoke, including Rich Anderson from UAW/Academic Student Employees, Steve Teixeira from Academic Professionals of California, and Pat Gantt and Joseph Dobzynski, Jr. from the CSU Employees Union.

Faculty solidarity actions, including banner drops and informational pickets, took place on many campuses. See photos from the actions by faculty members on CFA Facebook. (You don’t need to be a Facebook user to view the photos.) Extensive media coverage can be found including MSNBC, KTLA TV video, and KABC-TV video.